Typical South Plains June heat

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 6:13 AM CDT
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It is June and it will feel like it. Temperatures will be edging up with almost no chance of rain through Fathers’ Day.

Under mostly sunny skies temperatures today will peak in the 90s. A typical high for Lubbock mid-June is in the low 90s. Winds will be light.

An isolated storm or two may pop up in the heat and humidity late this afternoon or early evening. But it is unlikely.

Clear and warm tonight. Lows mostly will be in the 60s, though near 70 in the far eastern KCBD viewing area.

Tomorrow will be sunny, winds will again be light, and temperatures will move up a degree or two compared to today’s highs. Still in the 90s.

More sunshine and a lack of rain will contribute to gradually increasing temperatures into the weekend.

Saturday will be hot under a mostly sunny sky. The hottest areas will flirt with the century mark.

Fathers’ Day will be hot and dry. At least until the evening when a slight chance of storms returns to my forecast. It’s also the first day of Summer. It begins with the Summer Solstice. This year it occurs at 10:21 PM CT.

I wrote here yesterday that while Sunday is considered the first official day of Summer, meteorologically summer begins June 1. To repeat myself, I noted two main reasons.

One, the weather the last three weeks of a season are more like the following season. That is, the weather the last three weeks of Spring is more like Summer (as a whole) than it is like Spring (as a whole).

Two, record-keeping and year-to-year season comparisons are much more straight forward using full months.

Quick Summer Reminders

NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle. For even a moment. In today’s heat the interior of a parked vehicle can become dangerously hot in minutes.

NEVER leave anyone in a parked vehicle without air conditioning.

NEVER leave a pet in a vehicle.

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Earliest Sunrises of the Year

Mid-June, now, is when we see our earliest sunrises of the year. For Lubbock, that is at 6:36 AM CDT (5:36 AM CST), which is sunrise from June 8 through June 15 (this morning).  From here on, and for the next six months, sunrise gradually will arrive later each morning.

Sunset, however, is still getting slightly later each evening. Our latest sunsets of the year happen at the end of June and first few days of July. For Lubbock, that is at 9:03 PM CDT - depending on you exact location, the actual time may range from 9:01 to 9:03 PM - from June 22 through July 5.

Lubbock Climatology

92° was the high at the Lubbock airport yesterday. That’s the average high for the date. The June 14 record high is 106° (set in 1939).

65° was the low reported at the Lubbock airport this morning. At this time that is unofficial. Lubbock’s June 15 average low is 66° and the high 92°. The record low for the date is 49° (set in 1927) and the record high 109° (set in 1939).

No rain was recorded yesterday at the Lubbock Airport. The total for June so far is 1.00″. That’s 0.28″ below average through June 14. The year-to-date total is 10.61″, which is 2.91″ above average for January 1 through June 14.

Lubbock’s weather record dates from January 1911.

Today’s sunset in Lubbock is at 8:59 PM CDT. Tomorrow’s sunrise is at 6:37 AM CDT.

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